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Defence Force receives Patrol Craft from US Government
- Aug 15, 2018 - 10:06:39 AM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force received a boost to its fleet of vessels
with the addition of a new patrol craft as a presentation from the
United States' government to The Bahamas government on August 14.
remarks during a brief ceremony at the Defence Force’s Harbour Patrol
Unit were the Honorable Marvin Dames, Minister of National Security and
Ms. Stephanie Bowers, US Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy
Ministry of Finance Response to Moody’s Report of August 14, 2018
- Aug 14, 2018 - 11:46:19 PM
The ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service in its latest rating
assessment of The Bahamas, maintained its Baa3 negative rating, which is
unchanged from its previous report. I am pleased to report to the
country that this independent assessment reflects stabilization in our
sovereign credit profile following four years of successive rating
downgrades. This represents a critical first step in addressing and
reversing years of fiscal mismanagement.
As outlined in the
recent budget exercise, the Government’s combination of economic
initiatives, including: the introduction of focused fiscal measures; the
imminent introduction of fiscal responsibility legislation...
Official Handover of SAFE 25 Full Cabin Response Boat and Accessories from US to Bahamas Government
- Aug 14, 2018 - 8:55:41 PM
During the Official Handover Ceremony of a SAFE 25 Full Cabin Response
Boat and Accessories, on August 14, 2018, Minister of National Security
the Hon. Marvin Dames expressed gratitude in behalf of the Government
and the people of The Bahamas to the US Embassy, which, he stated, yet
again demonstrates the two countries' diplomatic and close relations
“over these many years”.
“Today’s handover ceremony marks a
significant milestone in the bilateral relationship between our two
countries,” Minister Dames said, during the event held at the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Harbour Patrol Unit on East Bay Street...
Teacher Education Grant Award Ceremony
- Aug 14, 2018 - 4:09:01 PM
The Government of The Bahamas has invested in 54 teacher education grant
recipients who have been awarded scholarships tenable at the University
of The Bahamas. The group, comprising four young men and 50 young women
from across the archipelago, received their certificates and special
awards during the first Teacher Education Grant Award Ceremony, August
13, 2018 at National Training Agency.
In return for the
government’s investment in them, the Minister of Education, the Hon.
Jeffrey Lloyd admonished the students to be “creatively disruptive” --
in a state of constant renewal -- and giving back to their society...
BMOTA reconnects With Travel Industry Association of Florida
- Aug 14, 2018 - 3:12:47 PM
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) recently held a
joint dinner and mini tradeshow for sixty members of the Travel Industry
Association (TIA) of South Florida. The event, which was held at La
Jolla in Coral Gables, marked the BMOTA’s return to TIA, the largest
association of travel agents in South Florida.
evening, travel agents were educated on the new hotel product offerings
in The Bahamas, as well as updated on the new airlift services and
tourism programs. The Bahamas update session was conducted by BMOTA
sales and marketing team, led by Betty Bethel-Moss, Director of Sales
Farewell Banquet in Grand Bahama Honours Archdeacon Harry Bain
- Aug 14, 2018 - 2:48:00 PM
A farewell banquet honouring the Venerable Harry Bain, Anglican
Archdeacon of the Northern Bahamas and Rector of Christ the King,
Freeport, was held on Friday, August 10, 2018 at the Grand Lucayan
Ballroom. The sold-out event was attended by a cross-section of the
community along with representatives of Anglican churches in Grand
Bahama and Bimini.
Present for the event was the Rt. Rev. Laish Boyd, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands...
Jewel Edwards, Appointed NTA’s Executive Chairman
- Aug 14, 2018 - 12:50:11 PM
Jewel Edwards has been appointed Executive Chairman of the National Training Agency (NTA).
Ms. Edwards is a respected corporate executive, business consultant, motivational speaker and transformational leader.
about excellence, empowerment, and service, she is a native of
Eleuthera, The Bahamas, who began her career as a Hospitality Executive
in Tourism, working in various capacities as Director of Sales &
Marketing, Human Resources Director...
Defence Force Officer receives Bridgewatchkeeping Certificate
- Aug 14, 2018 - 11:59:50 AM
Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel and the RBDF’S
Executive Command team extends Bravo Zulu to Sub Lieutenant Preston
Major, who received his Bridgewatch Keeping Certificate.
young Officer, who currently serves on HMBS Rolly Gray as the
Navigating Officer, is now officially qualified to be an Officer of the
Watch on any Royal Bahamas Defence Force craft. He was presented with
his certificate on August 10 at HMBS Coral Harbour by Commodore Bethel,
who congratulated Major on his achievement...
BIS announces passing of Greg Christie
- Aug 13, 2018 - 7:57:44 PM
Bahamas Information Services announced today the passing of veteran journalist and sporting executive Mr. Gregory Christie.
Christie, who took ill several months ago, died at Princess Margaret
Hospital in New Providence last evening. He was 70 years old.
Christie began his career in journalism in 1970, and worked at the
FREEPORT NEWS as its Editor and Special Projects Officer. Over the
years, he also headed his own public relations company, GregChris...
Acute Care Project at PMH getting a shot in the arm
- Aug 13, 2018 - 4:04:28 PM
Plans to transform the Accident and Emergency Department of the Princess
Margaret Hospital to meet Health’s mandate for the country’s Acute Care
Project at PMH, South Beach and Elizabeth Estates Clinics got a shot in
the arm August 8, 2018 as officials from the Public Hospitals Authority
and TDG Architects signed a contract for the completion of construction
documents which will oversee the work at the Accident and Emergency
Department. The project which will be staged owing to the ‘live
environment’ in the Emergency Room has a completion timeline of 18
On hand to witness the signing was Minister of Health
Dr. the Honourable Duane E. Sands who has been a long-time advocate for
the implementation of a model that would foster enhanced synergies
between the hospital’s Emergency Department and the South Beach and
Elizabeth Estates Community Clinics...
Prime Minister accompanies Minister of Education on Tour of Schools
- Aug 13, 2018 - 3:39:31 PM
Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis accompanied Minister of
Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd to inspect the level of readiness of
several government schools, prior to 2018 Fall Term.
visited on Saturday, August 10, 2018 were: H.O. Nash Junior High on
Dolphin Drive, Eva Hilton Primary School (under construction) on Gregory
Street, T.G. Glover Primary School on Horse Shoe Drive, A.F. Adderley
Junior High on Harold Road (under extensive repairs), S.C. McPherson
Junior High School on Baillou Hill Road, and Doris Johnson Senior High
School on Prince Charles Drive...
RB to take legal action over children denied schooling
- Aug 13, 2018 - 2:39:24 PM
It has come to the attention of Rights Bahamas that despite Minister
Lloyd’s decree that no child in The Bahamas shall be denied the right to
an education, certain public schools continue to demand proof of status
This constitutes a direct violation of the policy
outlined by Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd, who told educators:
“You have no right, you have no authority to deny anyone access to our
Business Owners Hear of Tax Concessions for Over-the-Hill
- Aug 13, 2018 - 2:19:32 PM
The first in a series of workshops aimed at explaining provisions under
the Economic Empowerment Zones Bill 2018 was held August 9 at Salem
Union Baptist Church Hall, Taylor Street.
The proposed measure
has been debated and passed in the House of Assembly and the Senate on
July 26 and August 9, 2018, respectively...
Keith Thompson Sworn In as Justice of the Supreme Court
- Aug 13, 2018 - 1:33:25 PM
Keith Thompson was sworn
in as Justice of the Supreme Court by Governor General Her Excellency
Dame Marguerite Pindling on
Monday, August 13, 2018
at Government House.
(BIS Photos/Derek Smith)...
Queen’s College Student is 2018 All-Bahamas Merit Scholar
- Aug 13, 2018 - 12:57:07 PM
Aaron Edgecombe has earned the coveted 2018 All-Bahamas Merit
Scholarship Award. The prestigious award was bestowed on the Queen’s
College graduate by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite
Pindling and Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, August 9,
during the All-Bahamas Merit and National Merit Scholars Award Ceremony
at Government House.
He is the 24th scholar to receive the title
of All-Bahamas Merit Scholar since introduction of the award in 1993.
An aspiring engineer, Edgecombe, plans to pursue studies toward a degree
in Electrical Engineering at the University of Miami. His scholarship
is valued at $140,000...
Minister of Tourism Makes Terminally Ill Child’s Dream Come True
- Aug 13, 2018 - 11:46:09 AM
Seventeen-year-old Grayson Richardson is battling a rare type of brain
cancer called anaplastic astrocytoma. About 1,200 children under 19 are
diagnosed with glioma (brain tumor) per year in the United States with a
fraction of those being astrocytoma. Since being diagnosed Grayson has
been a fighter. He has had a combination of two brain surgeries,
forty-four rounds of chemotherapy and heavy doses of steroid used to
keep brain swelling down. Since treatment, his body has changed
dramatically and he is completely blind on the right side of both of his
eyes, and is now unable to read or speak clearly...
The Caribbean’s finest food and drinks to inspire at SIAL 2018
- Aug 13, 2018 - 10:25:05 AM
The Caribbean is widely known for its impeccable beaches, rhythmic music
and tantalizing food, not to mention the rum! At this years’ SIAL,
Paris from October 21-25, 2018 visitor will get the opportunity to
sample first hand a collection of the Caribbean’s finest food and
beverage producers at the Caribbean Kitchen’s debut staging. Twelve
different producers from six Caribbean islands will exhibit a range of
exotic authentic sauces, natural food products, herbal teas and a range
of liquors and alcoholic beverages including rum...
Ministry Of Health: Gastrointestinal illness at hotel property
- Aug 13, 2018 - 10:00:37 AM
The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the Public that it is monitoring
developments at a hotel property in New Providence which has reported a
number of guests and staff experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms of
nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Since notification on 7th August, the
Ministry of Health and Department of Environmental Health teams have
made multiple visits to the property and can report that recommended
prevention and control measures have been or are being implemented by
Nominations open for 2019 Commonwealth Young Person of the Year
- Aug 13, 2018 - 9:44:23 AM
The Commonwealth is offering exceptional young people who are making a
difference in their communities a chance to win a Commonwealth Youth
Award. Nominations are opening for the 2019 edition of the awards, which
includes a cash grant and a trip to attend the awards ceremony in
London next March, during Commonwealth Week.
The awards have been
running since 1985 and are delivered in partnership with the
Commonwealth Youth Council and the Commonwealth Youth Networks. Layne
Robinson, Head of Social Policy at the Commonwealth...
U.S. Virgin Islands Student tops FCCA Poster Competition
- Aug 12, 2018 - 9:15:09 AM
Tyrone Lake of the U.S. Virgin Islands is the winner of the Junior
Division of the 2018 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA)
Foundation Children's Environmental Poster Competition.
11-year-old Alexander Henderson Elementary School honor roll student
topped the regional competition with a poster entitled 'Present and
Future', which focused on disaster preparation and environmental